Gladys Msele

Gladys Msele was born on May 20, 1966, at Emadolobheni, in KwaZulu-Natal.

She did her education at Sizathina High School, where she got her Standard nine, and left at the end of 1983. Gladys is single, and has four children.

Gladys heard about Ardmore through Beatrice Nyembe and asked Fée Halsted to teach her to be a painter. She started with Ardmore in 1993 and has been part of the studio ever since, moving from the Drakensberg studio to Caversham in 2009.

At the ‘Berg studio she painted alongside Mavis Shabalala, Thembi Zikala and Ottilia Nxumalo. Since 2009, she has worked alongside Rosemary Mazibuko and Matrina Xaba.

Gladys’s painting is bold, direct, bright and beautifully executed and composed. Her works have a great appeal to collectors and she prefers to work on a white background which brings out the clarity of her designs.

In 2014 her blue Tanzanite series of animals winged their way to Miami for the Pascoe & Co. WMODA show.

1996


Meklenberg Groote SchuurCape Town

1997


State President's Guest HousePretoria

Catalyst GalleryJohannesburg

1998


Exhibitions at SA Embassy ResidenceGermany

Marl Concert HallGermany

Germany Exhibition SiegenGermany

Thyssen Forum DusseldorfGermany

Everard Read GalleryJohannesburg

1999


Bordeaux St GalleryFranschhoek, Western Cape

Gallery on TyroneJohannesburg

2000


ABSA BankJohannesburg

2001


International Ceramic Arts FestivalWales

Hospice ExhibitionJohannesburg

SA Embassy ExhibitionMalaysia

2002


Charles Greig JewellersHyde Park, Johannesburg

2003


Christie’s exhibitionLondon

2004


Christie’s auctionLondon

City Arts CouncilEdinburgh

‘Men of Ardmore’Johannesburg

2005


Private exhibitionLondon

Charles GreigHyde Park, Johannesburg

2007


Christie’s AuctionLondon

2008


Groote SchuurCape Town

2009


South Africa HouseLondon

2010


‘African Travellers’Johannesburg

2011


‘Ardmore Aviary’Cape Town

Naada FaireJohannesburg

2012


‘Endangered Species’London

Naada FaireJohannesburg

‘Grand Carnival’Cape Town

‘Grand Carnival’ launchJohannesburg

‘Safari Week’London

2013


Pascoe & Co.United States

‘Monkeys and Magnolias’London

Gallery Isabelle TurquinFrance

Journee des CeramiquesFrance

Hermanus Fyn ArtsHermanus, Western Cape

'Animal Stories'Canada

‘Just So Crocodiles and Other Curiosities’Johannesburg

‘Safari Week’London

Patrick MavrosZimbabwe

2014


Ed PascoeFlorida, United States

‘Great Herds of Africa’Cellars-Hohenot, Cape Town

‘Great Herds of Africa’Patrick Mavros, London

‘Inspired by the Ocean’Hermanus, Western Cape

‘Birds of Africa’Johannesburg

‘Great Herds’Nairobi, Kenya

‘Birds of Africa’Harare, Zimbabwe

2015


WMODA, Pascoe & Co.Florida, United States

‘Animal Botanical’Cellars-Hohenot, Cape Town

2016


‘Kalahari Cats’Cellars-Hohenot, Cape Town

‘The Great Zambezi’Patrick Mavros, London

'Celebrating the Year of the Monkey'Charles Greig, Hyde Park, Johannesburg

2017


'The Great Zambezi'Cellars-Hohenot, Cape Town